The Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) offers grant programs that fund project teams experimenting with digital technologies to develop new methodologies for humanities research, teaching and learning, public engagement, and scholarly communications. ODH funds those studying digital technology from a humanistic perspective and humanists seeking to create digital publications. Another major goal of ODH is to increase capacity of the humanities in applying digital methods.
To best tackle the broad, interdisciplinary questions that arise when studying digital technology, ODH works closely with the scholarly community and other funding agencies in the United States and abroad, to encourage collaboration across national and disciplinary boundaries.
Funded digital projects contribute to humanities scholarship that serve carefully-identified audiences, address issues of accessibility and usability, and are designed to be open, replicable, and sustainable. All projects funded in this division analyze their workflows and publish their results in white papers that are shared widely. This body of work contributes to the bibliography of digital humanities.
ODH staff members participate in conferences and workshops with the scholarly community to help foster understanding of issues in the digital humanities and to ensure we are meeting the needs of the field.
These projects are part of a larger slate of 260 awards announced by NEH. The awardees are exploring and forging new paths in digital humanities—including an open-source Braille digital translation platform to enable the creation of digital editions and primary sources for blind and low-vision humanities students and researchers, the development of data models and a prototype site for a federated platform for historical weather and climate records, the creation of an open-source platform for network analysis of art and artists, and experimenting with digital preservation techniques using the Flickr Commons platform as a case study.